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Gun Runner Remains in First Place in NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll
(receives 31 out of 36 first-place votes)
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Monday, September 18, 2017) – Week 34 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Thoroughbred Poll shows little change in the top-ten for horses of all ages, except for World Approval sliding in the tenth hole after winning the Richo Woodbine Mile (G1) at Woodbine, results of which were released today.
Continuing to be ranked first after winning the Grade I Woodward Stakes few weeks back at Saratoga, Gun Runner (31 first-place votes, 355 points) firmly holds the lead in the top-ten .Trained by Steve Asmussen for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm the Candy Ride colt is expected to train up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
Arrogate (4 first-place votes, 310 points), who had dominated the poll the first 29 weeks this year for trainer Bob Baffert and Juddmonte Farms, remains in second after his runner-up finish behind stablemate Collected ranked third with (227) in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, a “Win and You’re In” contest for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic two weeks ago. Arrogate, the leading earner in North American racing history, remains on target for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Lady Eli (219) remains in fourth position for Sheep Pond Partners followed by Stellar Wind (214) in fifth for trainer John Sadler.
The complete top-ten In descending order are: Gun Runner (31 first place votes,355 points ); Arrogate (4 first-place votes,310 points); Collected (277); Lady Eli (219); Stellar Wind (214); Mor Spirit (107); Drefong (102); West Coast (1 first-place vote; 90 points); Forever Unbridled (70) and World Approval (55).
The NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll concludes November 6 after the running of the Breeders’ Cup.
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Preview of vote by voters can be viewed at:
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